December 11, 2014

Pre-Med Extracurriculars: Activities, Organizations, and Clubs

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school. 

Being a member or student leader in multiple pre-medical and non-pre-medical extracurricular activities such as student organizations has helped me to improve my communication skills along with leadership skills. As a member of a student club, it can lead to the possibility of networking with fellow pre-medical students. Medical school admissions view a student who is highly involved in student clubs in a positive light since

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December 3, 2014

Tips for Surviving Your Medical School Prerequisites

Hello, my avid readers!

During your pre-medical education, you will be required to fulfill certain medical school prerequisites. Most schools agree on the basic elements for pre-medical education, but it seems as though every undergraduate institution has one or two classes designed to really make you struggle. You know the ones that I’m talking about- the GPA-killers, the classes you hear about long before you take them, the incredibly notorious destroyers of medical school admissions dreams. Fortunately for you, they don’t have to be so terrible! Today I’d like to talk about some tips and strategies for dealing with …

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November 28, 2014

How to Build Strong Relationships That Result in Excellent Letters of Recommendation

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Priscila Cevallos: University of Texas at Austin

While maintaining a strong GPA and achieving a good MCAT score are crucial when applying to medical school, another challenging, yet equally as important aspect of the application process is obtaining great letters of recommendation. However, the true task herein lies in building strong relationships that result in excellent letters of recommendation. Here are a few tips, …

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November 19, 2014

2014 Kaplan Survey Shows Latest Trends in Medical School Admissions

The results from Kaplan’s 2014 Med School Admissions Survey are in

Every year since 2006, Kaplan has conducted a survey of medical school admissions officers to find out the latest admissions trends. In August, we spoke with 78 medical schools from across the country to give you, the applicant, the inside scoop on medical school facts and figures!

This is timely, as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) just reported that the total applicants to medical school were up by 3.1% this past year, while total matriculants were up only 1.5%, with a 41% matriculation rate among applicants. This …

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November 3, 2014

Tips for Applying to Medical School

Applying to medical school, and medicine in general, can seem like a fairytale, namely Goldilocks. Like our favorite picky blonde girl discovered, too little of something is bad and too much of something is also bad. You need everything to be juuuust right.

 

Goldilocks in medicine

Your body functions fine as long as everything is in the perfect balance. Nutrition, sleep and exercise play a crucial role in your learning and memory, cardiovascular health, immune function, and overall well-being.

You can run into serious problems when you have too much or too little of a hormone or a …

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October 23, 2014

Finding the Right Medical School For You: Your Questions Answered

 

We had a great Pulse event on Monday night where we talked about finding the right medical school for you. The Pulse featured admissions and MCAT experts and most importantly, lots of interaction from viewers like you! Here’s a sample of the wonderful questions we received on Twitter via #kaplanpulse and our answers:

 

Emily: Absolutely! If you’re planning to apply to a D.O. school, most require you to shadow a D.O. and have a recommendation from a D.O. as well. You’ll want to highlight your knowledgeability about osteopathic medicine via these requirements. If you’re applying to an

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October 14, 2014

Medical School Interview Tips and Tricks

Hello my excited interviewees! Medical school interview season is off to a great start and as you well know, a successful interview is the last step between you and acceptance to the med school of your choice.  I have written past blog posts about my own interview experiences and the best advice I’ve been given, but today I’d like to share with you medical school interview tips from an insider’s perspective!

One of the best experiences that I’ve had this year is getting to be a student interviewer for the University of Colorado. I think it’s great that …

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October 6, 2014

Fantasy Med School Draft: Finding Your Perfect Medical School

Hello my friendly fall readers! The leaves are changing and we can now expect a weekly dose of fantasy football related Facebook updates. For medical school applicants, however, fall means that you’re drafting your perfect list of medical school qualities instead of a great wide receiver. So, today let’s talk about which characteristics you should consider when drafting and finding your perfect medical school!

 

Size

Size is an important factor to examine when you’re picking a medical school. You want to examine not only the size of each class, but also the size of the entire school. Class size …

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October 2, 2014

Becoming a Well-Rounded PreMedical Student

Through Kaplan’s exclusive, national partnership with the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), we will be providing a series of personal stories from AMSA leaders about their pre-medical experience and journey to medical school.

Jai Kumar Mediratta: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

 

“GET INVOLVED!” said every pre-health advisor ever. I would be willing to wager that there is a brightly decorated bulletin board in your career center that is dedicated to this very theme.

Today, more often than not, “getting involved” is associated with being “well-rounded,” and as a premedical student, you are familiar with the concept of a “well-rounded” individual. …

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